KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.
Shalamar J. Wade, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Wade was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
On April 10, 2014, Wade pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested by Independence, Mo., police officers on July 9, 2013, at a Quick Trip convenience store on US 24 Highway in Independence. When police officers confronted Wade inside the store, he resisted as they tried to take him into custody. During the altercation, Wade was forced to the floor and a loaded Taurus .38-caliber revolver fell from his belt.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Wade has four prior felony convictions for distributing a controlled substance and two prior felony convictions for possessing a controlled substance.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.